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List Rules Films that are great to have on at a party

The party movie. While similar in concept to a movie good for drinking games, it is an altogether different animal (though there are some crossovers that play to both). It is a fine art to choosing a flick to play in the background of your party, and there are many factors to consider. For starters, what movies play well without sound (or drowned out by music and party chatter)? What movies have you and your guests seen so many times that they know them by heart?

Sometimes a party needs a movie. What type are you throwing? Theme, frat, or holiday? Consider your guests. Are they friends and family, or co-workers and acquaintances? Teens? Adults? Frat guys? What vibe do you want for the party? Comedy? Introspection? Class? Nostalgia?

As you can see, there are endless variables to weigh when choosing the right party movie for your big shindig. This list of the best party movies should help get you started. Vote up the films you think are best for parties or add one you always put on during a big bash.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 A definitive high school film, for the nostalgic half-watching party-goer. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Ghostbusters 1984 Bill Murray. Bill Murray at every party. The rest of the cast is pretty amazing, too. Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Happy Gilmore 1996 We miss this Adam Sandler so much, take a trip down memory lane to the glory days of Sandler comedy. Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers ...more

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
10 Things I Hate About You 1999 The best modern Shakespeare adaptation, hands down. A classic story that's well executed. Fun. Plain and simple. 10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy ...more

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Easy A 2010 Another great teen literary adaptation. This one was way more fun than expected and is another easy background movie. Easy A is a 2010 film directed by Will Gluck. "After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester ...more

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National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 THE classic party movie, plain and simple. National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Airplane! 1980 Steve Martin in his heyday. Comedy gold. Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Dazed and Confused 1993 Alright, alright, alriiight. Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Groundhog Day 1993 Once again, Bill Murray. At. Every. Party. Great to catch classic moments here and there or watch in full. Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Aladdin 1992 Again, if your friends don't like this movie they should probably leave... Revisit a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid! Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Old School is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Old School 2003 Underrated Will Ferrell glory, and also Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson at their best. Can't really go wrong here. Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company and directed by Todd Phillips. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Finding Nemo 2003 Anyone who doesn't like this movie shouldn't be at your party in the first place. Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Dumb and Dumber 1994 Speaking of brilliantly dumb comedy, go back to one of the movies that made Jim Carrey a star. Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly Brothers ...more

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Project X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Project X 2012 This generation's Animal House, mindless fun excitement. May encourage bad behavior, so only play at those house parties that aren't at your house. Project X is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by director Todd Phillips. The film ...more

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Pink Floyd – The Wall 1982 Trippy, awesome, and can be watched in full or just caught in pieces. Perfect for a party. Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Fight Club 1999 Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Toy Story 1995 Before CG and animated films were everywhere, there was Toy Story and it was good. This movie holds up so well. Enjoy it with friends! Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Rush Hour 1998 Chris Tucker when he was great! Jackie Chan, who is great, as always! Action comedy at its finest! Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
The Fifth Element 1997 Crazy visuals, Bruce Willis doing his John McLane thing in the future AND both Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker. What more could you want? The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Big Trouble in Little China 1986 A campy, 80's mullet-ed, classic! Play later in the evening and enjoy the lunacy.
Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
American Pie 1999 It's the movie that started the dirty comedy movement! Re-watch it to feel nostalgic and old! American Pie is a 1999 teen sex comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie ...more

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Moana 2016 Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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Zoolander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Zoolander 2001 Ben Stiller's masterpiece. Infinitely quotable, it's great to have on in the background, or foreground. Zoolander is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and, starring Stiller and Owen Wilson. The film contains elements from a pair of short films directed by Russell Bates and ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
The Lion King 1994 Remind your friends what it's like to be a kid and what a good kids movie is like. Also a winner when it comes to sing alongs, as everyone knows the words to "Hakuna Matata." The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Blade Runner 1982 Trippy visuals, growly Harrison Ford, and a storyline that leaves you going, huh? Sober or drunk, this is a great party movie.  Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010 So many cameos, comic and video game references! A fun flick for the pop culture party goer. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera ...more

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Fletch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Fletch 1985 Chevy Chase of late might not be what he used to, but a lot of people don't know this wonderful 80's flick. Show them. They'll thank you. Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about an investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin M. Fletcher. The film was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Andrew Bergman, loosely based on the popular ...more

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
The Lost Boys 1987 For the '80s-appreciative crowd. The most fun you can have with a vampire movie, period. The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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Beerfest is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Beerfest 2006 The title really should speak for itself. Beerfest is a 2006 beer-themed comedy film by the comedy group Broken Lizard. Along with the regular members of Broken Lizard, other actors who appear in the movie include Will Forte, M. C. ...more

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EuroTrip is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
EuroTrip 2004 This one didn't do as well as it should have at the box office, but it's become something of a cult classic. It's a great comedy in that American Pie vein the 90's/early 2000's thrived in.
EuroTrip is a 2004 American-European teen comedy adventure film written by Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, and directed by Schaffer. The film stars Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, ...more

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Rock Star is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Rock Star 2001 Singing, leather pants, and Marky Mark. Dive in. Rock Star is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. It tells the story of Chris "Izzy" Cole, a tribute ...more

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Rumble in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Rumble in the Bronx 1995 Early Jackie Chan, dubbed by a madman. Great in parts and for the sporadic "no way he just did that!" moments. Rumble in the Bronx, is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film starring Jackie Chan and Anita Mui. Released in Hong Kong in 1995, Rumble in the Bronx had a successful theater run, and ...more

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Django Unchained 2012 All the fun of a western, all of the fun of a Tarantino film, and Leo chewing alllll that scenery. Perfect for a party. Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Moulin Rouge! 2001 Song! Dance! Flash cuts! Crazy cinematography! Sing alongs! Party! Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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Rock of Ages is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Rock of Ages 2012 Nobody saw this one, so it should be on in heavy rotation at parties. Everyone can sing along - it's the dream film for karaoke lovers and who doesn't want to see Tom Cruise rock starring so hard. Rock of Ages is a 2012 American romantic musical comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. The film is an adaptation of the 2006 rock jukebox Broadway musical of the same name by Chris D'Arienzo. ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
The Matrix 1999 Action classic. It's already 15 years old... (yepppp) so most everyone should have seen it by now. Feeling old yet? The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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Sorority Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
Sorority Boys 2002 A great comedy cast, and a ridiculous, wonderful movie. Another movie you don't have to watch too closely to get all of the jokes AND you get to see Lex Luthor in a dress. Sorority Boys is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, about a group of college guys who dress up as women in order to prove their innocence for a crime they did not